D-Handled Magazine Rack

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Project by StickleyStyle posted 07-18-2009 08:20 PM 1871 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first Arts & Crafts piece I ever started and my first ever experience with Quarter Sawn White Oak. The 10 inch wide side boards were made from two smaller pieces gluded together and jockeyed to get the best “ray flake” from the QS oak’s characteristic medulary rays. All the blind and thru mortises were hand cut. The tenons were done mostly on the table saw and then hand tuned for the final mating. Though I probably would have preferred single piece sides, having to glue up two separate pieces afforded the opportunity to use the bandsaw to cut out the D handles. As can be seen in some of the assy pictures, I did most of the finishing before assy so as to get as consistent finish as possible. I think I’m like most woodworkers in that I mostly enjoy the woodworking and not really the finishing. I struggled with many test applications on scrap wood and even buliding some simpler pieces to test out the look. I still don’t really have a tried and true process yet for the “Mission Look” finish so I keep experimenting. This piece was done with first the application of water soluble dye, then a sealer coat of a concoction found in a Fine Woodworking mag, then a dark oil based glaze, and finally more coats of the FW mag concoction. The mix was equal parts varnish, Tung oil, and boiled linseed oil. The dimensions for this magazine rack were from Building Arts and Crafts Furniture, Kemner/Zilda

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#1 posted 07-18-2009 08:55 PM

Nice job, Welcome to LJ :-))

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#2 posted 07-18-2009 09:56 PM

A handsome and nicely proportioned unit well done.Alistair

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#3 posted 07-18-2009 10:02 PM

simple clean lines looks great

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#4 posted 07-18-2009 10:09 PM

good looking project … keep up the good work

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#5 posted 07-19-2009 02:28 AM

Nice magazine rack. great jointery, should last forever.

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#6 posted 07-19-2009 02:37 AM

Nicely done. Do you scuff sand after the dye step?

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#7 posted 07-19-2009 06:47 PM

Excellent! If my girlfriend’s dad hadn’t already made her one, it would be on my short list. Ours has the v-shelf to hold books at a 45 degree angle.

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#8 posted 07-19-2009 08:53 PM

This is a sweet shelving unit / rack. I assume the color in the third photo is closest to the real color…very nice !

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#9 posted 07-19-2009 09:02 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.
Nice project. Have to agree about the finishishing part though, not a favoritepart of any project for me either.
The finish on this one looks good, good luck with further experiments.


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#10 posted 12-02-2009 06:18 PM

very nice magazine rack.

-- hardwood, South Carolina,

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